For most people, planning a wedding is a once-in-a-lifetime event—for those of us at Seacoast Wedding Professionals, it’s what we do every day . . . and our unique experience translates into an enormous amount of insight that will help you every step of the way, from saying “yes” to saying “I do”! Here are a few of our favorite tips:
- Have a vision: Determine what you’re looking for in a wedding, and stick to that vision as you make all your decisions—don’t let people distract or discourage you from getting what you want;
- Set a realistic budget: The average wedding in the United States costs $30,000—determine what you can spend and then breakdown your budget to cover everything from start to finish (you don’t want to spend half your budget on your wedding venue and then run out of money for other important elements, like a make-up artist or DJ);
- Differentiate between wants and needs: Unless your budget is unlimited, you’ll probably have to compromise during the planning process—by knowing what you need, as opposed to what you want, you’ll ensure your most important requirements are met;
- Be prepared and be present: When meeting with wedding vendors, show up on time, have a list of questions, and be ready to discuss your vision, budget, and wants—having a full understanding of your most important criteria allows vendors to help you plan and enjoy your perfect day;
- Don’t try to negotiate: Vendors have given considerable thought to what to charge for various services depending on how many staff members are needed, number of hours involved, delivery charges, etc.—if the price is more than you’re willing to spend, yet you want to work with the vendor, ask for suggestions on what to do to help bring down the cost (a florist, for example, may suggest in-season flowers rather than imported varieties as a way to reduce expenses);
- Trust your instincts: Your wedding is a very (very!) important day and if you get the sense that a vendor doesn’t understand and/or respect your vision, or isn’t wholly committed to realizing your dreams, speak up—keeping vendors in check will keep your wedding on track; and
- Work with seasoned professionals: Despite the advice shared in the previous tip, you shouldn’t have to micromanage vendors—the best professionals, like those of us at Seacoast Wedding Professionals, are here to alleviate (even eliminate!) your wedding planning hurdles and stresses.